The Sixth Sense: Season 2, Episode 2

Dear Joan: We're Going to Scare You to Death (30 Sep. 1972)

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Extended version of an episode of the series The Sixth Sense. Joan Crawford plays a woman who stumbles upon a group of ESP enthusiasts who decide to use their abilities to scare her to death.



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Episode cast overview:
Joan Fairchild
Martine Bartlett ...
Lenore Kasdorf ...


Joan Fairchild is a woman traveling along a dark rural road when she accidentally runs her car off the road. She immediately has an hallucinatory vision of a drowning woman in a lake, and seeks refuge in a large house nearby. Inside the house are a group of young people interested in experimenting with the occult and ESP. They offer her shelter for the night, but they hardly have her best interests in mind: under the guidance of their sinister leader, they intend to use their psychic abilities to telepathically send Joan distressing images of her deceased daughter--images that they hope will actually frighten Joan to death. Written by acidxian

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30 September 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Rod Serling replaced Gary Collins as host when this episode was later re-edited and included as part of Night Gallery (1969) in syndication. See more »


Jason: [Joan is hiding in fear of her life] Joan? Joan?
[to his accomplices]
Jason: Kitchen. I'm gonna find her. Then I'm gonna kill her.
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References Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) See more »

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Expected better
26 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wasn't a bad episode by any means, but when Joan Crawford is the guest star, I expected more fireworks and memorable scenes than what I got. I'll assume there was major editing, because the version I just watched has no Dr. Rhodes(Gary Collins)at all, although from what I just read on here, Collins interviewed Crawford before or after this segment regarding psychic phenomena. Joan Fairchild(Crawford)has visions of her dead daughter, who drowned from a boating accident; soon after one of these visions, she crashes her car near an old mansion(naturally), which houses these stuffy, snotty young adults who eventually decide to scare Joan to death. Motive anyone? Not really. It was downright rude to invite Joan to spend the night after the crash, give her a false sense of security, then torment her. There's a strange twist of a deaf woman at the house, but I don't remember why she's there, and when she tries to escape the house, one of the idiots pokes a hole in her boat, because she can't swim. Chalk this up to ignorance on my part, but can a deaf person speak perfectly normal, as she does? At least there's one guy, Paul(David Ladd),who objects to the group's plan, and eventually sets things right, after being a chicken at first. The full episode was probably better than the condensed one, but there's the fact that it was Crawford's final acting appearance, so fans of hers can perhaps appreciate that.

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